The Animal Relief Foundation in Jeff Davis Parish is a non-profit organization that operates a no-kill facility in Hathaway. Volunteers visited a local shelter in the parish concerning a schnauzer mix that needed help.
The schnauzer, Bruce, was humanely euthanized due to a broken back. In his honor, volunteers rescued 10 additional dogs. They now stay at the facility, named Orphan Annie's. Volunteer
Donna Fontenot said they often rescue animals, because of a lack of a parish wide run shelter. Fontenot added that facilities were better for people to visit, because of a stigma shelters can sometimes carry.
"People often think the dogs in shelters are full of mage and are sick and full of fleas and that's just not the case," she explained.
The cost of rescuing animals, after vet bills, can run the facility $100 per dog. Donations are what keep the doors open.
"We don't kill any animals here. In fact, we have some dogs that were here as puppies and are still here two and three years later," said Fontenot.
Volunteer Becca Chaisson said the more animals rescued from their facility, the more they can save from local pounds. Fontenot added, "They run out of room and they have to euthanize them."
The foundation says they are running out of money to rescue animals and need donations ASAP. So far, out of the 10 dogs that were rescued during the "jailbreak", six have been rescued. There are 14 more dogs waiting for homes. Chaisson said, "You may not be able to save every dog in the world, but for every dog you do save it is the world for them."
For more information, call 337-368-6399. Donations call be mailed to ARF at 23030 Chaisson Lane Jennings, LA, 70546.